Welcome to Aboriginal, Community-Based Victim Services!
The practices within Victim Services are based on our traditional ways of knowledge that have been passed down from our Elders, extended families, and ancestors. These include: having respect for all people and all living things, valuing confidentiality, appreciating the strength and wisdom of our peoples’/clients’ ways of being, listening with an open heart, being non-judgmental, working and practicing in an anti-oppressive manner, and being inclusive at all times.
The community-based Victim Services Program will provide justice-related services to assist aboriginal victims of all types of crime. This includes victims of crime who may choose not to be involved with the Criminal Justice System.
The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council Society (NSTC) will be responsible for the establishment and administration of the community-based Victim Services Program.
The Aboriginal Victim Services department provides services to clients in our four communities Tsq’escen’ (Canim Lake Band), Xat’sūll/Cm’etem (Soda Creek/Deep Creek Band), T’exelc (Williams Lake Band), and Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek Band/Dog Creek Band) as well as in Williams Lake.
The victim services coordinator provides information and services in regards to navigating the criminal justice system, trauma and grief support, safety planning, referrals to programs and supports, court protocols, emotional support, information on government programs and assistance, victim impact statements, public awareness events, interacting with police and hospitals, and rights, among other things
For more information, for a referral to a particular service, or for help navigating the criminal justice system in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
For further information please contact:
Aboriginal Victim Services Manager – Noella William
Aboriginal Victim Services Coordinator – Cynthia Dick